Thursday, December 15, 2011

Splendido Secrets (1991)

While the main focus of Schuster at the Movies will continue to be full-length feature films, a number of friends have asked me to occasionally review an unusual video or two. Here’s a fun blast from the past...

Synopsis: Pompous marketing puke and eleven publicity-hungry chefs hawk ready-made pizza crust.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Dave Nichol and eleven of Toronto’s most prominent and creative chefs show how to prepare fantastic recipes using the President’s Choice (TM) Splendido Italian-style flatbread.”

What Did I Learn?: According to Dave Nichol, if your friends don’t take you to Grano (restaurant at Yonge and Davisville), you should seriously re-think the friendship.

You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoyed watching William Shatner being stalked by a giant penguin, and figure a 30-minute Loblaws commercial would be even more fun.

Really?: I had a little trouble believing that any self-respecting fine-dining restaurant would ever use a store-bought pizza crust.

Rating: Splendido Secrets provides some interesting pizza recipes, but was tough to sit through 30 minutes of Dave Nichol pontificating (“no trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to...”, “just once in your life, you should...”) about everything. 5/10 stars.

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